Offense comes alive, Cyclones softball pick up two wins on second day of Wooo Pig Classic


Emma Hylen pitches during game between ISU and Iowa, as a part of the Big Four Classic (a tournament between Iowa State, Iowa, Northern Iowa, and Drake) on Oct. 4, 2015. 

Ivan Vega

Game one:

The Cyclones got a second shot at the Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa after losing to them with a score of 7-1 on the first day of the Wooo Pig Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Cyclones were previously 0-2 for the tournament, falling to Tulsa 7-1 and Arkansas 8-3, both head coach Jamie Pinkerton’s former teams.

Early this morning starting at 9 a.m. the Cyclones got over Pinkerton’s alma mater.

Iowa State got on the board first, when Sami Williams homered to center field, scoring herself in to get up a run.

Tulsa responded the next inning, when Golden Hurricane’s Morgan Neal homered to right field to even up the scoring.

Iowa State responded back in the top of the third inning, by having catcher Kaylee Bosworth hit into right field, scoring in Sydney Stites.

After trading off two sets of innings scoreless, the Cyclones exploded, scoring 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning to cap off the game.

It began when Kaila Konz singled through the right side, advancing Skyler Ramos to third and scoring in Kirsten Caudle already in scoring position.

Williams would then return the favor by singling out to left field, scoring in Ramos and advancing Konz to second base.

Stites would then bring all Cyclones home, when she homered to left field, scoring in Williams and Konz. Bringing the score to 7-1.

The Cyclones would then land Bosworth and Sally Woolpert on the bases for Taylor Nearad to score all them in, with a double to left field.

Tulsa would then get a throwing error on a Caudle hit to center field, allowing Caudle to advance to second and scoring in Nearad unearned.

With the score 10-1, Nychole Antillon would then close the scoring for the Cyclones in this game, with a homer to the left field, scoring in Caudle on second.

The Golden Hurricanes would then have a single inning to respond, but the Cyclone defense didn’t allow a single runner on a base and Antillon caught a line hit to seal the game.

Emma Hylen would end the game with six innings played, allowing three hits, and one earned run, striking out two batters. She is now 6-4 on the season.

Game Two:

Fresh off an explosive game the Cyclones rested for a bit and then got to the mound again.

Facing Omaha in their second game of the day, the Cyclones entered the game with a hope to continue the offensive explosion today.

The Cyclones started off with a deficit as one run was given in the top of the first, coming off a Natalie Mostek home run down the left field line.

The Cyclones would then have a rough inning, when Mostek homered to right center, scoring in Sarrah Mains, and Jessica Nelson.

Savannah Fisher doubled to right field, scoring in Kelly Pattison, leaving the score 5-0 in Omaha’s favor.

Kaila Konz would get the Cyclones on the board, singling to the pitcher, advancing Ramos to third, and allowing Antillon to run in for the score unearned in the bottom of the second.

The Cyclones would then get the game closer, when Taylor Nearad doubled through the right side, scoring in Bosworth who was on second.

Caudle would then single to left center, scoring in Nearad. This brought the game to 5-3, still favoring the Mavericks.

Konz would then have her mark on offense again, with a home run to center field. She scored in Caudle for the tying run at the top of the seventh, bringing the score at five runs apiece.

Sydney Stites would cap the Cyclones comeback with a walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh. Winning the game 6-5.

Savannah Sanders opened the game on the mound, but after 1.1 innings, she was subbed out for Brianna Weilbacher.

Sanders gave up five hits, and four earned runs, while striking out two batters.

Weilbacher played the rest of the game, giving up four hits, and a single earned run. Striking out five batters and closing the game in a victory. She is now 8-4 on the season.

The Cyclones offense came alive today, combining 22 hits on both games today, and 18 overall runs, allowing the Cyclones to be 2-2 in the Wooo Pig Classic.

They will face Saint Francis tomorrow, at noon.

Cyclones had opened the season against them, with a narrow 1-0 win.